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Jun 22, 2013

DAVIES CLAIMS WINTON KUMHO V8 SERIES OPENER

Davies now leads Simpson takes pole on debut but series leader extends points margin

ROOKIE Ryan Simpson claimed pole position today for the third round of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series at Winton, but series leader Shae Davies was able to extend his lead in the title race by claiming victory in the opening nine-lap race.

Having started third on the grid, the Fernandez Motorsport Falcon driver took advantage of a slip up by Tony Evangelou on lap 6 to move through and take the race win, his third of the 2013 season.

the six-round series by 26 points over 2011 champion Terry Wyhoon, who finished eighth after ignition problems earlier in the day left him an uncharacteristic 11th on the grid.

Evangelou finished second ahead of Morgan Haber (who recovered after making a slow start), while pole-sitter Simpson ended up 11th in his first race in the category for ex-V8 Supercars.

A slipping clutch delayed his ex-Craig Lowndes Falcon on the opening lap before contact with Haber sent both off the road at turn three and to the back of the record 21-car field.

Race officials investigated the contact but no action was taken.

Queenslander Nathan Assaillit finished a solid fourth from Development Series driver Sam Walter, Jim Pollicina, Matt Hansen, Terry Wyhoon, Josh Kean (now running a sequential gearbox in his ex-Team Dynamik Commodore) and Steve Briffa.

Racing will continue tomorrow at Winton Motor Raceway for the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series with Race 2 at 11.00am AEST and Race 3 to complete the round at 12.55pm.

Live streaming coverage will be available on Sunday at www.thenationals.com.au with television coverage on SBS’ Speedweek and a one-hour program on SPEED on Foxtel at a later date.